Preliminary findings from the BC Government’s Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Feasibility Study will be presented at open houses in Sechelt and Gibsons on Oct. 26 and 27.
Four possible routes are being considered in the study:
• A Road Link from Powell River to Squamish (200 km)
• A Road Link from Port Mellon to Squamish (58 km)
• A Bridge Link across Howe Sound via Anvil Island (10 km from Brunswick Point to the existing Port Mellon road)
• A Bridge Link from Earls Cove to Saltery Bay via Nelson Island (19 km)
These will be compared to travel from Horseshoe Bay to Powell River via the existing Highway 101 and BC Ferries Routes 3 and 7.
The feasibility study will prepare cost estimates for road, bridge and ferry scenarios, along with forecasts of long term demand, and create a cost/benefits analysis.
Current traffic on the Langdale ferry run is 2,800 vehicles per day. By contrast, daily traffic on the new and tolled Port Mann Bridge in the Lower Mainland is 100,000 to 115,000 vehicles, and traffic on the Golden Ears Bridge between Langley and Maple Ridge is approximately 33,000 vehicles per day.
Open houses will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4-8 pm, at Seaside Centre in Sechelt, and Thursday, Oct. 27, 10am– 2pm, at the Gibsons Garden Hotel, 963 Gibsons Way.
The study is being conducted by Vancouver and Toronto-based Lucent Quay Consulting.
Public feedback is being taken via the open houses and an online survey.